Boston Celtics (1-0) vs New York Knicks (1-0)Date : 10/20/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks
The Boston Celtics will travel to Madison Square Garden in New York city to take on the New York Knicks at 7:30 pm EST on Saturday night in a Eastern Conference showdown after both teams picked up blowout wins as the Celtics took care of the 76’ers at home by a 105-87 score as the home team outscored Philly by 17 points combined in the remaining three quarters after a 21-21 tie after the opening period. The Knicks got 31 points, six rebounds, and five assists for Tim Hardaway Jr as he scorched his former team at home as the Knicks cruised to a 126-107 victory over the Hawks on opening night. The Celtics have not only dominated this series in terms of wins and losses but are 3-1 ATS versus the Knicks dating to last season along with losing both games at MSG by nine in their two meetings in 2017.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
The Celtics had little to no trouble disposing of the Philadelphia 76’ers in their opening night home win as Jayson Tatum took the show in scoring 23 points, nine rebounds, along with three assist while four other players scored in double digits for the Celtics including Gordon Heyward (10), Jaylen Brown (12), Terry Rozier (11), and Marcus Morris (16). Kyrie Irving scored on seven points in the matchup while having four rebounds and seven assists to lead the team. The Celtics shot 43% from the field for the night while holding the 76’ers to only 39% as Joel Embid (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Ben Simmons (15 rebounds, 8 assists) led the visitors in the loss. And while the Celtics got off to a dismal start in being tied after the first quarter, after they began to get going in the second quarter, they would go up by as many as twenty points in the game. With so many weapons to choose from, their game with the Knicks should be a very entertaining one indeed.
New York Knicks's Latest Performance :
The Knicks, after missing their first nine shots of the night, began to turn things up after the first period as they outscored the visiting Hawks 29-24 in the second quarter while cruising to a victory behind Tim Hardaway Jr who led the team with 31 points. Trey Burke and Ennis Kanter chipped in 15 and 16 points, respectively, as the Knicks shot 46% for the night and went up by as many as 28 points at one point in the game while also shooting 46% from the field for the contest. The Hawks got 21 points, six rebounds, and six assists from Taurean Prince as they also shot 46% from the field as a team while only going ten of 26 from three-point range for the night. In all, the Knicks had seven players in double digits as they look to improve upon total points scored from last year (104.5) while playing better defense with Kanter in the paint as he had eight defensive rebounds and a block in the contest.
How Boston Celtics & New York Knicks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Boston is 1-0 ATS while the OU is 0-1
New York is 1-0 ATS while the OU is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Boston has dominated this series in recent matchps versus the Knicks. In all, expect this matchup to be a low-scoring and competitive contest as the under has been the play in three of the four matchups amongst these teams last year. Nonetheless, look for these two eastern conference foes to look to extend their winning ways on Saturday night as both teams will look to push the ball throughout the game in which to get easy baskets along with spot up jumpers. It would be important to note that both squads are relatively young and will make some mistakes along the way, however, once in a groove, can really be dangerous.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
With Irving and Hayward playing alongside each other along with Tatum, Rozier, and Morris providing a spark for the Celtics, I expect the road team to really shine in this contest versus a Knicks squad that played well in their first outing of the season. The fact is that the Celtics have the Knicks number and will certainly seek to limit the number of looks that Hardaway Jr has during this matchup. With that being said, Porzingis will not be in the lineup due to injury which gives the Celtics the leg up in this matchup. In all, look for the road team to grind out a convincing win on Saturday night.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
As stated, the under has been the case in not only three of the last four games amongst these two teams, but, has been the case in four of the last six road games for the Celtics. And while the Knicks put up 126 in their first game of the season versus the Hawks, look for the Celtics to play much better defense in this contest than Atlanta. And with their star continuing to heal from injury in Kristaps Porzingis, look for the under to be the play as this has been the case when these squads get together.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- The Celtics are 1-5 ATS in last six road games
- The Under is 4-2 in Celtics last six road games
Betting trends for New York Knicks:
- New York is 2-5 ATS in last six home games
- New York is 3-5 ATS in last eight games overall
- The Over is 4-2 in New York’s last six home games